|Rangers beat Devils again; Stars get seventh straight win in Edmonton|
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|Friday, 01 February 2008 23:50|
Chris Drury scored two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves as the Rangers beat the Devils for the fifth straight time, 3-1 on Friday night.
The Rangers have won all five meetings this season between the metropolitan-area rivals and Lundqvist has been in net for all five wins, allowing only five goals.
``We have three more games against these guys and they have been good games,'' said Lundqvist, who has shut out the Devils twice. ``They are a good team but, so far this year, we have really played our best every time we play them.''
The Stars played their best at Rexall Place again as Marty Turco stopped 32 shots, Brenden Morrow had a goal and an assist, and Dallas beat Edmonton 4-1 for its seventh straight win on the Oilers' home ice.
``We've come in here and had some crazy games here and we've got some fortunate wins,'' Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. ``I didn't even know that streak was in play so that's how much we think about that.''
In the other NHL games Friday night, it was: Detroit 2, Colorado 0; St. Louis 1, Anaheim 0 in a shootout; Florida 4, Vancouver 3 in a shootout; and Atlanta 5, Buffalo 4 in a shootout.
Brandon Dubinsky also scored for the Rangers, who have won two straight - on the road on consecutive nights. New York was coming off a 4-0 win at Philadelphia on Thursday night.
``We've been a lot more disciplined lately,'' Drury said. ``It's down to the wire here. We need to get points and we need to get wins. We starting to build some momentum and we're starting to see how we have to play. It's defense first, and we'll go from there.''
Devils coach Brent Sutter was impressed by Lundqvist's play.
``He certainly played well,'' Sutter said. ``He made some big saves for them. I thought we did a lot of good things here tonight. Obviously, we didn't score enough goals.''
Zach Parise scored for the Devils who have only two wins in their past seven games with all five loses coming on home ice.
Dubinsky scored the only goal of the opening period 4 minutes in with a drive from top of the left circle.
New York extended the lead to 2-0 as Drury connected for a power-play goal at 2:06 of the second period. Drury closed the scoring with a power-play goal into an empty net with 3.7 seconds remaining for his 500th career point.
Stephane Robidas, Steve Ott and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Stars, who won their second straight and moved two points ahead of San Jose for tops in the Pacific Division and second in the Western Conference.
The Oilers outshot Dallas 17-5 in the first period, getting four more shots than they had in a 3-0 loss to San Jose on Tuesday. Edmonton led 1-0 at the first intermission on Zack Stortini's goal 5 minutes into the game.
``We came out of that period barely unscathed and it set us up and gave us a chance to win the game and that we did and ultimately that's what's important,'' Turco said.
Dallas tied the score 7 minutes into the second period on Morrow's one-timer past Dwayne Roloson to the glove side. The Stars took the lead 3 1/2 minutes later just as a two-man advantage expired Robidas took Mike Ribeiro's cross-ice pass and rocketed a shot into the empty net.
Jokinen converted another one-timer just past the midpoint of the third period and Ott added an empty-netter with 2:06 left.
``After that first period you would have thought that it would be a struggle for us to get points but we found a way,'' Tippett said.
Red Wings 2, Avalanche 0
Henrik Zetterberg's 30th goal broke a scoreless tie with 2:20 left and Dominik Hasek made 15 saves for his 80th career shutout to lead host Detroit to its sixth straight win.
Kris Draper added an empty-netter for the Red Wings.
Blues 1, Ducks 0, SO
Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes scored in the first two rounds of a shootout and Manny Legace stopped visiting Anaheim's first two chances.
Legace, the Blues' lone All-Star, made 30 saves through overtime and then handled Ryan Getzlaf and Todd Bertuzzi in the shootout for his fourth shutout of the season.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 20 shots for the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks.
Panthers 4, Canucks 3, SO
Nathan Horton scored the only goal in the shootout and Florida got its first win over Vancouver in more than eight years.
Horton, Stephen Weiss, and Jozef Stumpel scored in regulation for Florida, and Tomas Vokoun had 29 saves.
The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks. Mason Raymond also scored and Roberto Luongo stopped 40 shots in his first visit to Southeast Florida since the Panthers traded him to Vancouver before last season.
Thrashers 5, Sabres 4, SO
Eric Perrin, Atlanta's fourth shooter, beat Jocelyn Thibault with a fake before scoring in the shootout to lift the host Thrashers.
Mark Recchi, Bobby Holik, Jim Slater and Tobias Enstrom scored in regulation for Atlanta.
Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville, Daniel Paille and Dmitri Kalinin had the Sabres' goals.